Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
1101 Bates Avenue, Houston, Texas 77030
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has a section devoted to mesothelioma treatment. This department is the Mesothelioma Treatment Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Three trained specialists are on staff.
Pleural Mesothelioma and
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Dr. Taylor Ripley
Dr. Lorraine Cornwell
Dr. Eugene Choi
More About Mesothelioma Treatment at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has three mesothelioma specialists on staff. They see patients through the affiliated cancer center or VA medical center. Baylor St. Luke’s cancer center has accreditation with the National Cancer Institute.
Information About the Specialists at Baylor St. Luke’s
Dr. Ripley is Director of the Mesothelioma Treatment Center, a section of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Lorraine Cornwell is a VA mesothelioma specialist affiliated with Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. She is Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. This is also called the Houston VA Medical Center.
Dr. Eugene Choi is a surgical oncologist, seeing patients through the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the peritoneal mesothelioma specialist at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. He sees patients at Baylor St. Luke’s and the Houston VA Medical Center.
- Dr. Taylor Ripley, Director of Mesothelioma Treatment Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
- Dr. Lorraine Cornwell, Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
- Dr. Eugene Choi, Surgical Oncologist at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Houston VA
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Houston VA Medical Center)
- Pleurectomy/decortication surgery
- Extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery
- Cytoreduction surgery with HIPEC
- Tumor treating fields therapy (Optune Lua)
Get Connected to Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of the few cancer facilities accredited by the National Cancer Institute. There are only four with this designation in Texas. The hospital’s Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center has three remarkable specialists for mesothelioma.
Why Choose Baylor St. Luke's?
- NCI‑designated cancer center
- Specialists experienced treating pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma
- Treatment offered to veterans with mesothelioma
Protocol for Aggressive Surgery
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has an intricate process for undergoing mesothelioma surgery or other treatment options.
Once patients reach Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, they get a personalized approach. This determines the best course of action.
“When they first see us, we do a thorough assessment of the patient as well as the spread of disease in order to see what they can tolerate and what is most appropriate to them,” Dr. Ripley said.
The options for surgery are extrapleural pneumonectomy and pleurectomy/decortication. These are for pleural mesothelioma. Cytoreduction surgery is for peritoneal mesothelioma and pairs with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
Non‑Surgery Options Available for Mesothelioma
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of more than 100 hospitals offering Optune Lua. This is a wearable device sending electromagnetic waves through the body. These waves, called tumor treating fields, disrupt cell division and can have a tremendous effect on cancer cells.
Optune Lua is approved by the FDA for unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma. It received the green light for mesothelioma treatment in May 2019 and quickly became an option at Baylor St. Luke’s, among other cancer centers.
Other non‑surgical options are:
Doctors at Baylor St. Luke’s may add one or more of these before or after surgery. This is called multimodal therapy.
- Not listed in the U.S. News & World Report 2021‑2022 Hospitals Honor Roll
- Ranked 25th in cancer treatment
- Ranked 24th in gastrointestinal cancer surgery
- High performing in lung cancer surgery
- Ranked 3rd in Texas
- Ranked 2nd in Houston
Top Ranking and NCI Designation
The Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center ranked 27th in the country in the 2020 version of U.S. News and World Report’s hospital rankings. The gastrointestinal surgery department ranked 21st.
The hospital ranks high for both in 2021, along with ranking third in Texas and second in Houston.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is also a National Cancer Institute‑designated facility. This label proves the hospital is one of the elite medical institutions in the United States. Only a handful of hospitals receive this accreditation. There are only four with this designation in Texas.
Getting Treatment at Baylor St. Luke’s
Finding any cancer center for treatment is easy. There are hundreds, even thousands, in the United States. Finding one for mesothelioma treatment is much more difficult. Mesothelioma is a rare disease, and you should go to a center like Baylor St. Luke’s with multiple specialists for surgery and medical oncology.
Email our lead patient advocate and registered nurse, Karen Ritter, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get VA treatment from Baylor St. Luke’s Mesothelioma Treatment Center staff if you’re a military veteran with mesothelioma. Email Carl Jewett, our VA accredited claims agent and VA hospital advocate, at email@example.com.
Another option is filling out our form for cancer center recommendations. While Baylor St. Luke’s is a great choice, there might be another cancer center fitting your needs. We’ll help you choose the hospital and a specialist.
Sources & Author
- Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved from: https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/tx/st-lukes-episcopal-hospital-6742005. Accessed: 10/19/2021.
- Find a Cancer Center. National Cancer Institute. Retrieved from: https://www.cancer.gov/research/infrastructure/cancer-centers/find. Accessed: 10/21/2021.